I am often looking for fun activities that can engage G in some learning and physical therapy at the same time. He is currently learning to become more proficient in using his canes to walk around. I saw a post on Friendship Circle blog noting the “5 Toys to Promote Problem Solving for a Child with Special Needs” One game, in particular, caught my eye: uKloo. It is a treasure hunt game to help children ages 4 and up to learn to read. The game is played by putting the clue cards around the house that will eventually lead to a surprise. The clue cards have instructions such as, “Look in your shoe” or “Check in the mailbox” and the child can match the words to the picture helper to help him/her decipher the words. I was so excited to give it a try. For my son, this game encourages reading, problem solving skills and mobility. He is currently learning to become more proficient in using his canes to walk around and with this game he showed so much excitement to find his next
clue, he didn’t give me any problems to use his canes. G was also motivated to figure out what the clue cards said so he could get to his next card and possibly his prize. We played it about three times in a row and he couldn’t get enough. He also requested to bring the game to my mother’s house, where he has even more space to locate the clues and receive his prize. By the end of the first set of times we played it, G was able to easily recognize the words “Look” and “the.” This made me so proud! We made it more challenging by encouraging G to use only one cane to locate his next card, or by keeping track of how much time it took him to walk to the next clue. The game also comes with three levels of clue cards for more challenging play. That is the beauty of the game: it can be structured to suit your child’s individual needs. What a great game for all different types of children!